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September 29, 2006 A Prism Business Media Publication Vol. 5, No. 18

AGC Releases Contractors' Guide to BIM

DOE Awards Grant to New Mexico Energy Intelligence Project

Texas Experiences Growth in Industrial Project Spending

Construction Worker Shortage Plagues Florida

Texas Schools Seek Contractor for Motor Repair

Electrical System Modifications Needed at Connecticut State Capitol

Business Brief

IAEI 2006 Southwestern Section Meeting

Solar Power 2006

Symposium on Fire Safety in Aged Electrical Systems

ISC East

Power Quality & Reliability Exhibition & Conference

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    Around the Circuit
    AGC Releases Contractors'
    Guide to BIM

    On Sept. 28, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) released the "Contractors' Guide to Building Information Modeling (BIM)" at its annual midyear meeting in San Francisco, Calif. The guide outlines best practices for contractors using BIM. The agency expects the guide to provide members a real-time guide, which is resourced online, so that they may master 3D modeling technology.

    AEMC New Ground Resistance Testers
    AEMC's new rugged digital ground resistance tester with automatic calculation of test results, Model 6470, performs grounding resistance, earth coupling measurement, soil resistivity, and bonding tests. This easy-to-use and accurate instrument measures up to 512 test results that can be stored in internal memory for later recall to the display or downloaded to a PC for analysis and hard copy reports with automatic fall of potential plots.

    DOE Awards Grant to New Mexico Energy Intelligence Project
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently awarded $250,000 to the three-way partnership, comprising Albuquerque's University of New Mexico, Public Service Co. of New Mexico (PNM), and Rio Rancho-based Energy Control, Inc., to study how technology can help utility customers use electricity more efficiently. The Energy Intelligence project is part of a nationwide effort by the DOE's Office of Electricity Delivery and Reliability to improve the way power is shipped, distributed, and used by customers.

    According to the Energy Intelligence project, by analyzing how, when, and in what quantities customers use electricity for heating, cooling, and to run appliances, utilities can develop systems to better match supply to demand. Over the next few months, PNM will work with the university's mechanical engineering and physical plant departments to examine data the university collects on its own power use. Energy Control, Inc. will assist in the development of a Web portal through which the utility can communicate instantly with customers to inform them when demand or the price of power is high. Customers can then temporarily turn off some appliances to reduce the amount of power they are consuming.

    Texas Experiences Growth in Industrial Project Spending
    The Southwest Region, which includes Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, is experiencing 29.1% growth in project spending in 2006, compared to the same time in 2005, says the latest monthly update to the North American Industrial Spending Index published by Sugar Land, Texas-based Industrial Info Resources. The company identified 480 active projects totaling $16.4 billion for 2006. Approximately 71 projects totaling $386 million have already been completed this year.

    Construction Worker Shortage
    Plagues Florida

    Reconstruction efforts in Mississippi and Louisiana have caused a shortage of workers in Florida, where the state's Agency for Workforce Innovation recently identified 1,451 positions available for qualified electricians. Any respite in the worker shortage caused by the slowdown in residential construction has been taken over by the increase in the commercial construction business. Statewide, construction is the second-largest industry in Florida, employing 627,000 workers, second only to the tourism industry.

    One Gets It Done
    Feel the difference with the Twister® wire connector. A comfortable swept-wing design provides added leverage, while the durable polypropylene shell expands for a smooth application. The patented live-action, square-wire spring locks onto the wire for safe, secure connections. Don't settle for just any wire connector. Insist on the Twister. Visit for a free sample.

    Project Watch
    Texas Schools Seek Contractor
    for Motor Repair

    The San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District, Del Rio, Texas, is requesting sealed bids on contracted electric motor repair on an as-needed basis through Aug. 31, 2007, with the option to renew bid for the 2007-2008 school calendar year. Awardee will be responsible for providing apparatus and supplies needed to perform the job. Sealed bids will be accepted in the Purchasing Department until 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 10. To download a pdf of the bid form, visit the school district's Web site.

    Electrical System Modifications Needed at Connecticut State Capitol
    The Joint Committee on Legislative Management, through the Office of Legislative Management, is seeking an experienced contractor capable of performing electrical system modifications at the State Capitol in Hartford, Conn. The work includes, but is not limited to, replacing terminal strips, replacing terminal boxes, installing MC cable, replacing circuit breakers, and obtaining and paying for all permits, licenses, certificates, inspections, and legal fees. The Joint Committee on Legislative Management will receive sealed proposals until 4 p.m. EST on Oct. 16. To download a pdf of the bid proposal, visit the state's Web site.

    New Flip Clip from Cooper B-Line
    The fastest, most inexpensive way to securely hang and level wire basket trays, saving installers time and money. The Flip Clip can be used with 1/4-inch and 3/8-inch threaded rods, eliminating the need for multiple hanger sizes. The Flip Clip requires only one nut and one tool for installation.

    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    Owings, Md.-based ComRent International recently opened its first Florida location. The new branch comprises a 10,100-square-foot building in Mulberry, Fla. According to the company, through its new location, it can deliver rental load banks up to 10MW within several hours anywhere in Florida. Customers may also pick up rental load banks at the new facility, which is stocked with load banks (AC, DC, resistive, reactive, capacitive, and medium voltage 5/15kV), Dynaload electronic loads, power cables, transformers, switchgear, TrakMat & Mud-Track portable roadway matting, and test equipment. Chris Iles is the rental manager for the Mulberry branch.

    For more Business Briefs, visit the EC&M Web site.

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    Shows and Events
    IAEI 2006 Southwestern Section Meeting
    The International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI), Richardson, Texas, presents the 83rd Annual Education and Business Meeting in San Diego from Oct. 15-19. Topics covered at this year's event include fire pumps, motor calculations, EMF grounding, residential elevators, and proposals to the 2008 National Electric Code. For more information, download a pdf of the meeting's agenda on the IAEI Web site.

    Solar Power 2006
    Solar Power 2006, sponsored by the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), will take place from Oct. 16-19 in San Jose, Calif. Keynote speakers for the event include Vinod Khosla, president, Khosla Ventures; Celeste Migliore, national manager advanced technology vehicles, Toyota Motor Corp.; and Michael Peevey, president, California Public Utilities Commission. Other presentations include discussions on California's solar energy market, federal policy overview, education initiatives, and financing. For more information and to register, visit the conference's Web site.

    Symposium on Fire Safety in Aged
    Electrical Systems

    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Quincy, Mass., will present the Symposium on Fire Safety in Aged Electrical Systems from Oct. 18-19 at the Crowne Plaza, Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, in Rosemont, Ill. Topics to be presented include new wiring diagnostic technologies, electrical fire investigation, and aging of materials and systems. For more information and to register, visit the NFPA Web site.

    ISC East
    The International Security Conference (ISC) and Exposition will take place from Oct. 24-25 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Educational sessions include VoIP and alarm transmissions, integrating systems, and transitioning from wired to wireless. For more information and to register, visit the ISC Web site.

    Power Quality & Reliability
    Exhibition & Conference

    The Power Quality & Reliability Exhibition & Conference is scheduled for Oct. 24-26 in Long Beach, Calif. Bradford Roberts, power quality systems director for S&C Electric Co., will present the keynote address, "The Future of Power Quality," along with Arthur H. Rosenfeld, Ph.D., commissioner, California Energy Commission, who will discuss efficient use of electricity in California, and a panel discussion, "Ask the Experts," moderated by Sam Wheeler, industry consultant. For more information and to register, visit the conference Web site.
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